Eat Your Vegetables! Edible Beauty at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Eat Your Vegetables! Edible Beauty at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

NW Hort Society Eat Your Vegetables! Garden to Table, Photo Courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comBy Kim Myhre and Jani Asplund Myhre
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I’m Kim Myhre and I’ve been going to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show for about 15 years now. I help out at Coldsprings Nursery near Duvall and am a true worshiper of the Goddess Flora. I love going to the show with my sister-in-law, Jani Asplund Myhre (owner of Asplund Garden Designs in Port Ludlow) because I appreciate her innate sense of what really works in garden design. We’ve been sharing this much-anticipated event for several years now.

I came to the show hoping to find ways to incorporate edibles in the garden, so I was rewarded almost instantly by the Northwest Hort. Society’s “Eat your vegetables” display in the lobby. I loved the potted trees underplanted with lettuce and rosemary that cascaded over the sides.

The entire display helped us to appreciate the beauty of so many edibles. Crush had an autumnal display of many edibles, which is a season that seems underrepresented at the show. Sure to make you smile is the chicken coop with strawberries growing on the roof at “a backyard farm”; imagine picking a few strawberries, grabbing a couple fresh eggs…now, that a would be wonderful way to start the day!

The Show Gardens

Dreams Really Can Come True - Falling Water Designs, photo courtesy of The Washington Park Arboretum display was beautiful and educational, showcasing Pacific Rim plants that we can grow here and some that I realize I may not be able to live without! It had beautiful carved poles that I would love to transport to my gardens, along with the carved stone at Falling Water Designs and the copper waterfall wall and bamboo fence at Eden Landscape Design. Be sure to take notice of the gentle rain at Falling Water’s show garden.

Also check out the magnificent white bark of the Galaxy Magnolia at Elements of Nature. The use of stone in that display was wonderful. Basalt columns were used beautifully throughout the show. Also, the use of chartreuse brightened many gardens this year.

Red Edge Phormiuum tenax, Fancy Fronds, Photo Courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comAt Arabesque, Judith Jones of Fancy Fronds put together a ‘curvalicious’ flowing garden with a simple, yet elegant feel. I wanted to take home the entire display; instead, I just contemplated lying down–surrounded by the wonderful collections of ferns–to enjoy some bubbly on the grass.

This year I was more aware of the necessity of negative space in the garden; as Vanca Lumsden, co-creator of Arabesque, said, “If you don’t have enough negative space it gives you mind chiggers!”

I feel as though one day just isn’t enough to enjoy all the wonders of this show. I may have to go back this week!

  • Deborah Burns
    Posted at 10:50h, 24 February Reply

    I loved the idea of strawberries growing on the roof at “A Backyard Farm – Urban Agriculture in the Northwest”

    My second show visit on Sat. evening was with my garden friend who pointed out that maybe the slugs wouldn’t find her strawberries if they were up on the roof! I laughed and commented that well, if she were to apply a copper border (would be deorative too!) on the wood just below the roof she would very probably have jeweled, slug free strawberries.

    Of course now that I am thinking of it…a couple of ducky friends to join the hens would take care of the slugs…ducks loooove slugs.

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